And in both contests he wins, bagging the grand award for the OTS!
When the results of the OTS contest came in, I instantly knew who the PoM for January is. Well, no guessing about that! Anyone can tell, actually, by just keeping track of the discussions on the thread. Therefore, presenting to you our PoM for January, 2007: Airic Espenida, known in flickr as "Ryuji23."
We sent a flickr mail to him on the night of validating and finalizing the scores, and asked him a few questions:
Ryuji: I was a bit surprised because I never expected to win such award, the first thing that comes to my mind is "Hey! Is this for real?" I know there are many FPC members that have much better composition than mine and it was just luck that I won, but I'm very happy for it.
FPC: How does if feel to be the very first PoM of FPC?
FPC: What does the award mean to you? And how will it affect your photography?
Ryuji: This award means so much to me! It raised me one level up on my current skill. Though it's still a long way for me, I'll take the challenge to improve more. I will continue to ask pointers from the skilled members in our group. And I will always be proud as a member of FPC.
I just want to say thank you! I didn't expect anything, all I want is just to shoot and improve my composition, and this award is very special, I always consider myself as a newbie in photography and I'm looking forward to learn more from the PROs here in FPC.
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